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Employees strike back against former employer for alleged bogus claim of trade secret misappropriation

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • June 3 2014

A state court issued a preliminary injunction for alleged trade secret misappropriation, but the enjoined parties successfully used post-injunction

Massachusetts judge finds statutory trade secrets misappropriation, despite contrary jury verdict in parallel common law action, and awards plaintiff draconian injunctive relief and millions of dollars in damages, fees and costs

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 30 2011

When the evidence of trade secret misappropriation and resulting substantial damages is compelling, defendants should expect to get hammered in court

Use of even a small amount of commercially valuable confidential information obtained from someone without authority to convey it constitutes actionable trade secret misappropriation according to Eighth Circuit

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 19 2011

A recent Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals decision, extremely favorable to a plaintiff alleging trade secret misappropriation, holds that protection may be accorded to a compilation of information if reasonable efforts were made to keep the compilation secret, where the compilation adds value to the information, regardless of the amount of the information that already was in the public domain

If confidential information constituted a trade secret on the date it was misappropriated, the misappropriation is actionable

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 4 2012

A district court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin recently held that even though misappropriated information no longer was a trade secret on the date the wrongdoer was sued, a misappropriation lawsuit may be maintained if the information qualified as a trade secret on the date of the wrongdoing

Employee’s competition with former employer restricted despite absence of signed non-compete

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 21 2014

The former employer failed to prove that the parties entered into an effective non-compete agreement, and also failed to prove that the ex-employee

Alabama federal court issues decision regarding measuring the “amount in controversy” when the plaintiff’s state court trade secret misappropriation complaint is silent as to the amount of damages and the defendant removes the case to federal court

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 23 2012

A recent Alabama federal court decision discusses how to determine the “amount in controversy” when a state court trade secret misappropriation case is removed to federal court based on diversity of citizenship, but the complaint is silent as to the amount of damages demanded

Federal Appellate Court finds motion to enjoin disclosure of confidential information should not be denied merely because the same information could have been acquired lawfully

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 28 2013

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, reversing a trial court's refusal to enter an order enjoining disclosure of confidential

Considerations in determining whether to grant to a prevailing trade secret misappropriation plaintiff a permanent injunction in addition to substantial damages

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • August 7 2012

When a plaintiff alleging trade secret misappropriation obtains a judgment for substantial damages, the award may serve solely to compensate for past wrongs, or it may redress both past and future injuries

April Fools' Day prank leads to trade secrets litigation

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 7 2012

A recent federal decision from Connecticut confirms the notion that information knowingly posted on the Internet by its owner cannot constitute a protectable trade secret

“Prior restraint” doctrine may preclude enjoining a newspaper from publishing misappropriated trade secrets

  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • September 3 2012

A reporter for a business publication somehow obtained information contained in a privately held company’s confidential interim financial statements